A View of the Past and Present State of the Island of Jamaica: With Remarks on the Moral and Physical Condition of the Slaves, and on the Abolition of Slavery in the Colonies

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Oliver & Boyd, 1823 - Jamaica - 363 pages

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Page 44 - Let the great gods, That keep this dreadful pother o'er our heads, Find out their enemies now. Tremble, thou wretch, That hast within thee undivulged crimes, Unwhipt of justice!
Page 290 - to you.'—' The servant is not greater than his Lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.'
Page 77 - the feathered inhabitants of more temperate climes, she has, as if to compensate for this deficiency, decked them out in the most gay and brilliant colours: " For Nature's hand, That with a sportive vanity has deck'd The plumy nations, here her gayest hues Profusely pours. But if she bid them shine Array'd in all the beauteous beams of day, Yet, frugal still, she humbles them in song.
Page 174 - generally as much outward respect shown him, and is as much countenanced, visited, and received into company, especially if he be a man of some weight and influence in the community, as if he had been guilty of no breach of decency or dereliction of moral duty ! This profligacy is, however, less common than it was formerly;
Page 249 - to pilfer from their masters they consider as no crime, though to rob a fellow-slave is accounted heinous: when a slave makes free with his master's property, he thus ingeniously argues, —" What I take from my master, being for my use, who am his slave, or property, he loses nothing by its transfer
Page 72 - Another Flora here, of bolder hues, And richer sweets, beyond our garden's pride, Plays o'er the fields, and showers, with sudden hand, Exuberant spring.
Page 277 - the charm, but two or three are at least indispensable. It will of course be conceived, that the practice of obeah can have little effect, unless a negro is conscious that it is practised upon him, or thinks so; for as the whole evil consists in the terrors of a superstitious imagination, it is of little consequence whether it be
Page 299 - Christians, to take care of the souls, as well as of the bodies, of that numerous race of men over whom you have obtained the most absolute dominion. They are yours, the whole man, both body and soul; they are your sole and entire property ; their welfare is placed exclusively in your hands; their happiness or misery depends absolutely
Page 173 - Every unmarried white man, and of every class, has his black or his brown mistress, with whom he lives openly; and of so little consequence is this thought, that his white female friends and relations think it no
Page 278 - and with transportation where only the charm is used. But numbers may be swept off by its infatuation before the crime is detected; for, strange as it may appear, so much do the negroes stand in awe of those obeah professors, so much do they dread their malice and their power, that, though knowing the havock they have made, and are still making,

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